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Language: Old English
Origin: iecan, ecan 'to increase'

eke

verb
     
eke

eke something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1

eke out a living/existence

to manage to live with very little money or food:
They eke out a miserable existence in cardboard shacks.
2 to make a small supply of something such as food or money last longer by carefully using small amounts of it:
How did she manage to eke out the food?

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